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Wednesday, April 22. 2009
It's Earth Day! via Am Thinker:
There is no doubt that there will be a surge in ice. Question is when. Technically, we remain in an ice age, defined as periods in which there are polar ice caps. During most of earth time, there weren't.
Related: Since fat people are now the cause of global warming, Jules suggests that Al Gore preach more about that.
Difficult for me to believe.
Why trying to control carbon emissions will make no difference at all. But what do facts matter? Power grabs always find excuses for it.
In a time of victory, why is the Left still so angry?
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It's very likely, if Obama caves to Congressional pressure on prosecuting Bush administrators for their torture stance, that the US will be open for attack very soon.
Not only because the information we glean will be much less, and of poorer quality, but also because we are going to be viewed as abysmally weak by the Jong-ils, Ahmadinejads, and Chavez' of the world.
We are, every day, being seen as a latter day pre-Munich Britain. Obama is Neville Chamberlain on estrogen.
Happy birthday Vladimir Lenin! Woops, I mean Earth Day. Just a coincidence of course.
Now the warmingists are revealing their true colors with the "fat = warming" idea. After all, it's about population reduction. You aren't planning to reduce humanity randomly, no, they have a good idea of who they want to liquidate.
So now they go after specific kinds of humans as needing a bit more than re-education. Kind of a Neo-Eugenics theme. "We can be better.*"
Rick ... If we are "a latter-day pre-Munich Britain," a new Winston Churchill better show up here damn soon. We need a tough thinking bulldog to save us from political correctitude, fuzzy-mindedness and general wussiness. Where is he, dammit!
"There is no doubt that there will be a surge in ice. Question is when. "
Really? Sounds like the opposite end of the extreme to me.
If you know the climate that well, please tell me if I'll need to bring an umbrella to work next Aug17th. Oh, that's right, "the only question is when". Makes for nice openended certainty, eh Nostradamus?
Speaking of the opposite end, and using the word extreme, Antarctica comes to mind.
I don't put much stock in any news story about this kind of stuff, but this week they are saying the East Antarctica ice is thicker than ever and growing. Wouldn't that indicate a surge in ice? I mean, where did you expect the surge to be? ...in Texas?
Doesn't take a weather man to know which way the ice grows.
The story I saw said that the west is losing more than the east is gaining. Though in a land where east is west and west is east and the twain are really north, does the weatherman even know which way the ice grows?
Unfortunately, while Sir Fred Hoyle was indeed a brilliant cosmologist, on a number of other topics he was a wacko. For example, he claimed that the British Museum Archaeopteryx fossil was a hoax and by that fact evolution was disproved. He also believed that ant colonies were intelligent -- not the ants, mind you, just the colony as a whole.
I see no reason to accept him as an authority on climatology.
Well, I could see his point in so far as ant colonies being smarter than the individual ants. Parts/whole philosophical argument there.
The thing is, as Rick Warren notes, if you don't have a purpose-driven life, you're nothing. A lone ant? He has one purpose: To find a colony so he can get to work feeding his queen. The moral of this is the bohemian rhapsodic lifestyle of the outlier leads to aimless wandering in the dark shade of the shadow and a lot of frenetic fandangoing that could lead you to joining a right wing militia.
You have a pony, a baby elephant, a turtle, 3 dogs, and ants in your pants. The only thing that lone ant wants is a crack at the Queen. I betcha you have a pet rock from the 80's. Stay safe, you big bella!!
My little ant is a prole, Jappy. Easy come, easy go....
I see a little silhouetto of an ant,
Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango
Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very fright'ning me
(Galileo) Galileo (Galileo) Galileo, Galileo figaro
Magnifico I'm just a poor ant and nobody loves me
He's just a poor ant from a poor colony,
Spare him his life from this monstrosity
Easy come, easy go, will you let him go
Bismillah! No, we will not let you go.....
aww--just because I love "connections" take a look at what our old friend Bill Clinton is doing with the Colombians. Now also please consider that we are increasingly focused on securing the supply and delivery routes of the largest quantities of heroin. D'ya suppose making nice with the Colombians has some other political motive?
Remember how Marxism was supposed to bring more prosperity to the masses due to the elimination of the "waste" of profits and concentration of wealth in the capitalist class? Right up until the fall of the Soviet Union the left was arguing that socialism was a viable economic system. Of course they were shamed and dispirited to say the least when the economic disaster that was communism was exposed in all it's naked tragedy.
The left needed a new rationale, and it was at that time that they began to promote the AGW myth. Think about it. Socialism is their goal at all costs. If socialism can't compete with capitalism in terms of material prosperity then they needed a way to convince the population, or at least a significant and influential portion, that prosperity was undesirable. Voila!! Prosperity via capitalism, industry, and technology would kill us all with AGW.
I wish I kept the link to an article I read in a leftwing eco mag from the early 90's someone had posted a few years back where they admitted that even if C02 wasn't responsible for global warming they needed to push the meme anyway as it was their best weapon to combat and discredit capitalism and industrialization.
Of course all the psychological traits are in perfect alignment in the leftist personality and ripe for exploitation. Massive guilt and self loathing, expressed as projection levied at the rich, capitalism, and Western Civilization in general, AGW as a crypto-religion to fill the void left by the rejection of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and most of all, the bottomless resevoir of sanctimoniousness and puritanism-fundamentalism that our friends on the left exhibit ad nauseum on a daily basis.
What we have is sort of a mass psychosis that is rooted in the leftist world view that pits the haves against the have nots in a deadly moral struggle. When this world view is adopted by affluent Westerners, who by definition are the villains in this struggle, all sorts of self destructive forces are unleashed.
Those of us who haven't drunk the Marxist koolaid watch in horror as the suicidalist left has grabbed the reigns of power and is hell bent on using them to destroy the source of our prosperity and security, which if they are successful, will lead to civilizational collapse and the greatest die-off in human history.
Which for the high priests of the Church Of Gaia is a feature, not a bug.
"When this world view is adopted by affluent Westerners,..."
"When"? How about "If"? You make a lot of assumptions, but this one you cannot make because history does not back you up.
On the contrary, it is the core of leftist belief system. Of course I am referring only to affluent Westerners who are leftists. If you haven't noticed they are running the government, academia, the media, popular culture.......
"Of course I am referring only to affluent Westerners who are leftists."
Ah. Now I see. Thank you so much for the clarification. I'll just ignore the nitly:
"When this world view is adopted by affluent Westerners,..."
Well I didn't say ALL affluent Westerners adopted it. I thought it was clear that I meant when an affluent Westerner adopted a worldview that posits Western affluence as the source of evil in the world he has a problem reconciling that view to his own life, and that a pathological response was bound to emerge.
What the hell I'm a musician not a writer. Cut me some slack.
All the slack in the world, Paul. You keep talking here, okay.
Paul, old boy ... if you're going to "grab the reins" of anything, the word is 'reins' not 'reigns' It's a horsey thing -- you know, you steer the horse with reins. Reigns are what kings and queens have, over their subjects.
Check it out.
Ah jeez Marianne, you got me dead to rights. Caught me committing the mortal sin of the typographical error you did. Can't get anything past the razor sharp, if somewhat petty, minds here.
It would appear I've wandered into a place whose inner sanctum provides an entirely different atmosphere than I might have guessed just peering in the doorway.
I apologize for the misapprehension and I'll leave you ladies to your serious business of the picking of nits.
Hey, Paul, I was with you all the way, even to point of downloading your post and saving it for future use. Thanks!
Thank you sir. Make sure you correct my spelling errors though. You never know when a schoolmarm type may leap out of the shadows and rap your knuckles with a ruler. Ouch!!